Reign Of Fire Fanfiction: Reign of the Dragons: Original Story - 3. Chapter 3
I woke to a yank
on the handcuffs and I groaned.
dragon killer.” I complied and rolled out of bed. Saphir drug me
behind him and out into the main room, where I spotted Julie cleaning
her weapons in the corner. When she spotted us, she put her handgun
back together and stood. “We’ll be going to Raleigh today,”
Saphir announced. Both Julie and I stiffened. We were going to the
capital city of North Carolina? That was suicide! Most of it was
suicide!” Julie said, as if she read my thoughts. “It’s insane,
idiotic, and just plain stupid! That’s where the dragons live, we
all know that!”
“And I want
you to kill them.” I turned my gaze to Saphir, who was looking
quite unperturbed by our outbursts. “There are three that I need
you to kill, for now.”
“You want us
to kill your own race?” I asked, incredulously. “Aren’t you
guys supposed to like each other?” Julie quirked an eyebrow and I
answered her unspoken question. “The dragons living in Raleigh are
mainly purebloods with a hint of half-breeds strewn in between.”
against my clan and killed half of us. I want their leaders dead.”
always a good motive,” Julie commented. She shrugged at me. “The
more dragons dead, the better. I’m in.”
got no objections.” I whipped out my handy maps and turned to
Saphir. “Where are we exactly?” Instead of answering, he jabbed
at a spot. “How fast can you fly?” I asked.
he retorted, affronted.
by average dragon speeds, we can reach Raleigh in around an hour.”
walking.” I did a double take.
want to be spotted. I’m sure you two will do just fine.”
not coming?” Julie asked.
“Oh, I am.
I’ll be watching you two closely.”
human way of killing has its merits. I’m not above using every
technique to kill.”
“Remind me not
to get on your bad side,” Julie stated. Saphir gestured to the
corner where our weapons were stashed. Julie and I didn’t hesitate
and I walked forward, only to be snapped back. Saphir then walked
with me and I suited up like I always had. “I cleaned your sniper
rifle. I figured we would need it.”
going in blind without Hernando. He was always scouted for us.”
yourself nominated,” Julie retorted sarcastically. I growled my
answer, preferring not to begin a swear-fest. Saphir didn’t
comment, only yanked my handcuffs to hurry me up. Recon was a pain in
the ass and required days and sleepless nights of watching the
yourself my spotter. I’m not going down alone.” It was Julie’s
turn to glare at me and I smirked at her. We walked out of the
warehouse and Julie stopped and pointed at a store down the street.
said. This time, I pulled Saphir along with me as we walked into the
bike shop. Julie went ‘shopping’ and I hung back with Saphir.
these contraptions?” he asked as he spun a wheel.
They’re not mechanical but are virtually silent and don’t leave
any smell, really. It’ll get us over rough terrain pretty easily.
There are some bike trails…” I whipped out another map and
studied it carefully. “Here,” I said, pointing at a spot. “And
we can follow them for a few days until we hit this town…” I
followed and plotted the trail with my eyes. “Then if we follow
this…we can hit this back road…and then go here…” Saphir
toned me out and scanned the bike store once again, letting his hand
hang by his side.
Julie said, wheeling two bikes with each hand. “I got these two.
Look at the shocks on these babies.” I was pulled out of my musings
and glanced at the bikes, nodding in agreement.
right. They’re mountain bikes. Look for cushioned seats though so
we don’t die.”
cushioned. See?” Julie pounded on the seats, which only gave part
way and I quirked an eyebrow at her. “All right, all right. I’m
“Get a wrench
while you’re at it and I’ll switch ’em.” Julie nodded before
disappearing once again and I pocketed the unused maps, rolling the
important ones in my hand. “Want a bike?” I asked politely.
Saphir’s look of ultimate disdain made me regret the question.
run,” I stated in a mix of sarcastic and disbelief. “I’m sure
you’ll keep up.” He threw a look my way, almost making me flinch.
“I’m not a
pathetic human. I can swap between my dragon and human form.”
“I can control
the amount of change between the forms. I can manipulate my muscle
and bone structure to run faster. I won’t explain the details,
suffice to say, I’m capable of keeping up with your pathetic form
of transportation.” How this man…er…dragon could put the
perfect amount of disdain and sarcasm to deflate any dignity I could
possibly muster is beyond me.
say I didn’t try to be nice.”
want you to.” I rolled my eyes in exasperation, a gesture I picked
turned my back to Saphir, a childish gesture. Instead of simply
ignoring my antics, he yanked my handcuffs, turning me back to him.
With that simple gesture, I reached my first epiphany about Saphir.
He didn’t like to be ignored, a very human emotion.
both need to work together to kill these bastards,” he ground out.
I recognized the truce between us and took the advantage.
did they do?” I asked. He stared at me, containing his emotions,
but I saw the spark of anger.
unelected leader of Raleigh, found out that I was near his clan. I
naively thought that we could live in harmony for one night. He
ordered a hit and took out half of my clan before we pushed his force
back. I want revenge.” I shivered in reaction to his passionate
speech. “And as much as it pains me to say it, I require your
I sighed. “I really didn’t kill your friends out of cold blood.
I’m one of the few humans who don’t hate your kind. Saying that,
I’m going to help you kill him. As corny as this sounds, I believe
in honor. It’s one of the few things Julie and I have left and
Sanglant…well, I don’t like him.” Fortunately, Julie arrived
before I could dig a deeper hole for myself.
seats. You can uncuff her now,” she hinted, glaring at Saphir. He
smirked at her before whisking out the key and deftly unlocking my
cuff. Julie chucked the wrench at me and I barely caught the
projectile aimed for my head. She slid the bike seats over to me and
I began the work on the bikes.
“So when do we
leave?” Julie asked, forcing some sort of conversation.
dragon killer finishes her work.” I sighed as I chucked the
unneeded bike seat over my shoulder and screwed on the new one.
you call her by her name?” Julie asked.
is a dragon killer.” I finished the seat and moved to the next
bike, ignoring Saphir and Julie’s verbal sparring. I’ll give
Saphir credit for knowing how to push Julie’s buttons, which was
“My God, we
know already! Just call her by her damn name!” I could sense the
smirk Saphir threw Julie’s way and she swore in annoyance. This was
the first person to really get under Julie’s skin and I was going
to savor her reaction for eternity.
“And I have
been. Don’t you humans use nicknames? I’ve given her a special
one.” I finished the last seat and turned just to see Julie in
mid-punch. Instead of getting pissed, Saphir blocked the punch,
laughing in amusement. Julie growled and launched a roundhouse kick.
Knowing that Saphir was just going to piss her off even more, I
stepped in and blocked her leg.
we’re going to kill Sanglant, we should leave. We’ve got enough
food to last us the trip and we’ve got enough ammo.”
the 50 cal?” Julie asked, ignoring Saphir.
“I gave them
to Hernando. As we get closer to Raleigh, there will be better shops
on the way. Of course, that means more surveillance, but that’s
fine.” Julie walked over and grabbed her bike while I rolled mine
out of the door. Saphir followed me closely.
“If you try to
run, I will kill you.”
“Look, I gave
you my word and I value that. It’s really the only thing Julie and
I have left.”
“That is the
“Oh, shut the
hell up, Julie.”
we?” I sent a loathing glare her way and she raised her right hand
in surrender. “All right, I’ll leave it alone.” I jumped on the
bike and quickly sped off, leaving Julie behind me. To my mild
surprise, Saphir kept beside me easily. I heard Julie behind me and I
led the way down the trail.
“So where are
we?” Julie asked, building her encampment. I had already finished
my own and was building the roof.
the middle of nowhere.”
“You check the
damn maps,” I muttered. Saphir, who was lying on a tree close to
me, glanced over my way.
“Are you still
mad about earlier?” I didn’t say anything and just threw more
needles onto my makeshift roof. Finally done, I threw down a blanket
to cover myself with and another blanket for a pillow. “You know
it’s going to be cold tonight.” I threw down another thin blanket
and Julie rolled her eyes. “I mean, really cold. Can’t you feel
the only blankets I got and you need yours. Hell, why don’t we
share a camp for the night?”
“No. I sleep
alone, thank you.”
“Jesus, it was
Minnie that peed, not me. I’m not freaking five.”
“Well, I don’t
sleep with anyone.”
“And if I die
tonight, good luck navigating.”
“Will the two
of you be quiet?” Saphir snapped. “I’ll sleep with you, you
going to,” Julie said, immediately countering Saphir. She began
gathering up her blankets but had already given Saphir the ammunition
he needed to harass her. He was behind me in a second, pressing his
body against mine and nuzzling my neck. I immediately tensed and my
eyes locked with Julie’s.
“Get off of
her,” Julie yelled, coming towards us. Saphir launched himself into
a tree branch above us, away from Julie. I grabbed his arms in
self-preservation, like an idiot.
wrong with you?” he asked.
like heights. Put me doooown.” I struggled at the last part…like
dropped me immediately and I caught the branch as I fell. I looked to
the ground, judging the distance from me to the hard, unforgiving
ground. It wasn’t pretty.
climbing,” she retorted. “And leave her the hell alone, you
stupid dragon.” I wrapped my legs around the tree and made my way
past Saphir to the trunk of the tree. To my aggravation, he plopped
down on the branch and simply watched my progress. I wriggled down
the tree and sighed in relief as my feet touched the ground. Julie
immediately snatched my wrist and tugged towards my finished
encampment. As I stumbled forward, I was pulled back by Saphir, who
held my waist. Julie yanked and I grunted at the unpleasant
sensation. Saphir lowered his head to my right ear and nibbled
slightly, causing me to shiver.
“Is there a
problem, human?” he asked Julie.
the one that killed your friends?” The reaction was immediate.
Saphir froze in place and I tensed. Julie had crossed a line, one
that was still fresh and raw. Unfortunately, I was in his arms. He
tightened his grip to the point of pain and I bit my lip to keep from
crying out. Julie and Saphir were locked in a glare with one another,
ignoring me and my agony. I didn’t dare move from the fear of what
Saphir might do to me; the truce we had formed was fragile at best.
As my fear mounted for my sister and I, Saphir finally glanced down
at me. I looked at him fearfully but I couldn’t tell anything from
his impasseveness. He let go as he saw blood on my lip and I
scrambled away from the both of them.
heaved. “Shut the hell up and get to bed.” The anger in my voice
was evident and Julie, knowing she was in deep trouble, actually
listened to me.
“Do you need
one of my blankets?” she asked quietly. I shook my head.
Go.” She walked to her embankment and began to finish her earlier
work. I made my way over to my own little camp, totally ignoring
Saphir, and patted the earth down to discourage any insects from
coming inside. I grabbed the flap and began to close it but a hand
stopped it halfway. As I followed the hand, I soon made eye contact
with Saphir. He didn’t speak, but simply dropped into my encampment
and released the flap. I hesitated then closed it. As I burrowed
under the covers, I was aware of Saphir doing the same. His back was
to me and I burrowed my back closer to him for warmth. He didn’t
move or speak, which was a slight comfort. I finally closed my eyes,
ready to go to sleep.
I woke during
the night shivering. Even with Saphir’s heat, I was freezing cold.
I couldn’t take it anymore and flipped over, burrowing my front
into his back. I kept my hands hugging my chest to save what little
heat I could. He sighed and I nearly screamed.
“Are you that
cold, dragon killer?”
With another resigned sigh, he flipped over and pulled me against his
“If you tell
anyone about this, I will rip out your innards and feed them to the
ravens.” I choked on a laugh.
some nasty birds.” I giggled softly and placed my head on his
outstretched arm. He then fully enveloped me and threw his leg over
mine. “But…maybe to seagulls. I don’t like the ravens myself.”
I smiled as the heat began to thaw my frozen body.
be nice,” I said softly, slowly falling asleep.
“And why is
I would be near or in the sea.”
“Do you like
the sea?” he asked, a hint of some sort of emotion in his voice. I
was too tired to peg it, however.
“I love the
sea. I haven’t been there in so long…”
“Once, with my
family. It was beautiful. Every night, I fell asleep on the beach
just listening to the sound of the ocean. But then, we had to leave
because the dragons came.”
“Why did you
have to leave?”
purebloods kill humans. We don’t want to fight them, but they
killed one of my friends just because he happened to be farther down
the beach than I was.” I was saved by a half-breed named Ewan. I
want to see him again…” As I whispered my final wish, I finally
succumbed to the sleep my body was craving.